Xermes is available under an Apache-style open source license, slightly modified. This license is among the least restrictive license available, enabling developers to use Xermes in creating new products without requiring them to release their own products as open source. This is the license model used by the Apache Project, which created the Apache server. The license is available at the top of every source file and in LICENSE.txt in the root of the distribution. The second reason is that we are going to become an Apache Jakarta official subproject as well as Xermes reaches alpha state.
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